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Curious facts about Tulum in Riviera Maya

Check out these curious facts of the Magic Town of Tulum in the Riviera Maya, a must for visitors and the best example of Mayan charm, thanks to its Mayan ruins. Tuluis ers a must for visitors and the best example of its incredible fusion of ancient Mayan ruins. It provides unique experiences and excellent adventures for travelers. 

Here are some curious facts about Tulum so you dare to explore it.

Tulum: Curious facts.

1. Before being named Tulum, the city was known as Zama, which means place of the rising sun.

Tulum is the only archaeological site on the edge of a cliff. Its views of the Caribbean are unique!

3. The Mayas designed the city of Tulum as a quadrilateral so that its four corners were oriented with the cardinal points, considering their concept of the cosmovision that the universe has four corners.

8. The Tulum Archaeological Zone was one of the most protected areas of the Mayan culture. It was a sacred ceremonial center where only the most essential Mayan civilization could belong to Tulum.  

9. The beaches of Tulum are part of the Great Mayan Reef, also known as the Mesoamerican Reef, the second largest in the world.

11. In the past, Tulum was, for a time, a school of astronomy that Aztec, Zapotec, and other ruling nobles of the time attended.

12. In the Astronomy tower, rooms were built with obsidian mirrors to project the sky and be able to decipher the stars.

13. The Archaeological Zone of Tulum has inspired the Italian director Federico Fellini, who made a trip throughout Mexico and, together with other directors, created a graphic novel called Journey to Tulum.

14. Although Tulum has always had a large influx of tourists. Mexicans and foreigners from all over since 2015. It has climbed the ranking of the most chosen beach tourist destinations worldwide. According to statistics, it is the third most visited site in Mexico.

15. A favorite of artists. Celebrities such as Paris Hilton, Justin Bieber, and the Kardashians have chosen Tulum as one of their favorite places to spend their vacation days and rest.

What to do in Tulum?

Tulum is a magical town that you must visit if you are in the Riviera Maya or Cancun area. It offers a variety of things to do:

Paradisiacal beaches and lagoons.

Without a trace of big hotels, its beaches and lagoons are famous by their almost pristine state. The Boca Paila lagoon, with its turquoise and crystalline waters, is a 15-minute drive from the city. Is the best place to disconnect, sunbathe, enjoy a refreshing swim, and even if you dare practice nudism.

Mayan Ruins

The ancient Mayan city of Tulum is one of the best-preserved archaeological remains in the area. Most buildings date from 1200 – 1450 A.D. Coba and Chichen Itza, one of the seven wonders of the modern world, near the zone are other ruins to be noticed.

Cenotes and caves

There are between 7000 and 8000 cenotes in the Yucatan Peninsula. Many are connected through subway caves. Cenote Calavera, Gran Cenote, or Cenote Dos Ojos are some of the most spectacular near Tulum.

Wild nature

In Tulum, there is a great diversity of flora and fauna. To check it out, you just have to visit the Sian Ka’an reserve, a protected natural area of 650,000 hectares, declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1985. The entrance fee is MXN$ 50.

Fun and partying

Despite being one of the quietest towns in the Caribbean, Tulum is not lacking in nightlife. Such as the Batey Mojito & Guarapo Bar. Delicious food, good music, and a relaxed atmosphere will put the finishing touch to an intense day of activities.


Tulum is one of the biggest must-sees if you visit the Riviera Maya area, as it offers many things. It is an exciting place. From its curious facts, we bet you needed to learn the wide range of things to do.

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